American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Wodehouse, P(elham) G(renville) 1881-1975. British writer known for his humorous novels and stories that feature the aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves.
- n. A surname.
- n. English writer known for his humorous novels and stories (1881-1975)
“It has all the usual Wodehouse trademark stuff -- cow creamers, soppy girls and not-so-soppy girls, Bertie getting pulled out of the soup by Jeeves, etc. P.G. Wodehouse is someone else who has greatly influenced my use of the English language.”
“Well, there's one element in Wodehouse's work that often gets overlooked, which is the parody element: Almost everything he wrote began life as a parody of some then-popular genre of stories.”
“Some of the more Marxist Wodehousians, such as Alexander Cockburn and Francis Wheen, conversely emphasize the Spode satire, or the salient point that the upper classes in Wodehouse's world are helplessly dependent on their manservants and pig keepers.”
“Wodehouse is almost incapable of imagining a desirable job.”
“And there is nothing in Wodehouses writings to suggest that he was better informed, or more interested in politics, than the general run of his readers.”
“(P G Wodehouse is perhaps a case-study: are the books of Jeeves/Wooster and Blandings still funny?”
“For two years we've had a prime minister who it would be difficult, to paraphrase Wodehouse, to confuse with a ray of sunshine, and a cheery smile (or even a wry one, or even a disarming one, but please God, not a rictus one) would make a pleasant change.”
“It's a fairly solid piece of Wodehouse, which is pretty good by anyone's standards.”
“My favorite story has Wodehouse doing the rounds of Magdalen College with Hugh Walpole, just weeks after the writer Hilaire Belloc called Wodehouse the "best writer of English now alive.”
“This, to paraphrase Wodehouse, is a man not hard to distinguish from a ray of sunshine.”
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